Take it Back

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This post was written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is “Back.”

            The word “back” reminds me of something I said to my husband the other day. “Christianity as it was originally meant to be has been hijacked and it’s time to take it back.” Allow me to explain as briefly as I can since I am on a five-minute time limit.

            Jesus taught his disciples how to be “in the world” and not “of it.” He showed them a way to be and that was loving, compassionate and caring for others more than one’s self. Scripture (both Old and New Testament) show numerous ways to reflect God to others. Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John15:12)

            Many people today claim to follow Christ yet their actions and words do not reflect that affiliation. Now I am not talking about all of us who miss the mark from time to time. I’m talking about people who espouse as well as endorse the actions of others who claim to be Christian yet do not reflect the way of Christ whatsoever.  It is my opinion that politics and some well-known religious leaders have hijacked Christianity for their own agenda and personal gain.

            It is time to take Christianity back from those who are tagging the name of Christian (little anointed one) onto individuals whose behavior and actions do not reflect the Name (Way of Being) of Christ Jesus.  John 15:13 continues the commandment, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

            The next time someone says, “I am a Christian,” ask how they love, how they serve, how are laying down their life? Ask yourself if the fruit of Holy Spirit is in them. Knowing who we are in Christ is critical today.  If someone has lost sight of what “a little anointed one,” is (a Christian,) help them take Christianity back to the original intent. Be the kind of Christian Jesus wants you to be. Show them, by your love, what it means to be a reflection of Christ Jesus in our world today.  

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